Gay scoutmaster ban ends in Boy Scouts of America

Fourth Estate Staff

Irving, TX, United States (4E) – The Boy Scouts of America ( BSA ) announced Monday it is ending a ban on gay leaders in the youth organization.

The decision is contained in a resolution amending the adult leadership policy that the BSA executive committee unanimously adopted on Friday in the face of rapid changes in society and increasing legal challenges at the federal, state, and local levels.

The BSA National Executive Board will meet on July 27 to ratify the resolution.

The policy change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families, the BSA said in a statement posted on its website.

The change would also respect the right of religious chartered organizations to continue to choose adult leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own, the organization said.

Majority of Scout units are sponsored by churches and such institutions will be allowed to choose the scoutmaster that reflect their faith.

The end of the ban of gay scoutmaster comes months after BSA president and former CIA director Robert Gates called on the organization to review the policy warning that failing to make changes could spell the en… MORE

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